Somebody sent me a link and expressed their concerns about the upcoming synod on the family.
It's from December but I thought it worth sharing.
This is kinda smelly.
“This witness,” the Bishop of Rome emphasized, “pertain to the People of God, a People of prophets, in its entirety. By the gift of the Holy Spirit, the members of the Church possess a ‘sense of faith’. This is a kind of ‘spiritual instinct’ that makes us ‘sentire cum Ecclesia’ [think with the mind of the Church] and to discern that which is in conformity with the apostolic faith and is in the spirit of the Gospel. Of course, the ‘sensus fidelium’ [sense of the faithful] cannot be confused with the sociological reality of a majority opinion. It is, therefore, important—and one of your tasks—to develop criteria that allow the authentic expressions of the ‘sensus fidelium’ to be discerned. … This attention is of greatest importance for theologians. Pope Benedict XVI often pointed out that the theologian must remain attentive to the faith lived by the humble and the small, to whom it pleased the Father to reveal that which He had hidden from the learned and the wise.
You think he was thinking Lumen Gentium and it got lost in the cavern between the brain and translation?
It would seem so, as he mentions the sensus fidelium has nothing to do with majority opinion but I am perplexed as to why the Pope doesn't see the danger in this useless exercise in a period of history where the faithful have been deprived of Catechesis for fifty years.
Sadly, you can't just let people get up and talk about the feelings they have about what Church teaching because Sister Wearthepants has been calibrating Church teaching for the overwhelming majority of Catholics.
The status of affairs should be patently clear to the Pope. The execution of the concept was played out when he selected Cardinal Kasper to orchestrate a free for all with his see of Bishops. It ended in a train wreck that caused a scandal and lack of trust in the agenda of his leadership.
Leadership is a bit like engineering. There are many facets to executing an objective. Spiritual leadership adds a whole other dimension that requires discernment on the audience, players, education level, time in history, place.
What substance to I have in front of me?
What are the goals?
How can I accomplish them under these circumstances?
We have a problem with faithfulness in the see of Bishops. The see of Bishops saturates their unfaithfulness into the formation of priests. The poorly formed priests saturate their unfaithfulness into the parish and schools. Those of us who somehow managed to escape it with Sacramental Grace wage the battle for the salvation of souls inside of our homes and relationships with the people we love.
After fifty years of it, there is no place on earth where you can assemble Catholics and invite them to inform the Holy Father what Church teaching is all about.
Not even with the Pope's own see of Bishops.
This is neither the time nor the place in history to assemble the village idiots to inform the Pope.